Jonah Lehrer under fire for his book, Imagine; John Seely Brown interviews him about the science of creativity
About Jonah Lehrer
Jonah Lehrer is an American author and journalist who writes on the topics of psychology, neuroscience, and the relationship between science and the humanities. He has published three books. Jonah Lehrer is the author of three books: Proust Was a Neuroscientist(2007), How We Decide (2009), and Imagine: How Creativity Works (2012).
Proust Was a Neuroscientist was Lehrer's debut book; it is a collection of biographical essays on creative figures such as Paul Cezanne, Walt Whitman, Auguste Escoffier, and Marcel Proust. The New York Times described it as “a precocious and engaging book that tries to mend the century-old tear between the literary and scientific cultures.”
Lehrer graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in neuroscience; while an undergraduate, he examined the biological process of memory in Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel's Lab. He was also editor of the Columbia Review for two years. He then studied 20th century literature and philosophy at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a contributing editor at Wired, Scientific American Mind, National Public Radio's Radiolab, and has written for The New Yorker, Grantland, Nature, Seed, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe.
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